York City chairman Jason McGill is hoping the capacity of the planned new community sports stadium can be increased.

The original plans were for a 6,00-seater venue but McGill is hoping the Monks Cross Arena could be expanded, in two phases, to house double that amount. The football club is likely to share the venue with York City Knights and McGill believes a larger stadium would help the rugby club attain Super League status.

City, lying 14th in npower League 2, boast an average league gate of 4,283 this season and McGill believes the traditional rise in attendance a new stadium provides, coupled with a greater potential for success on the pitch, will mean the planned capacity would prove insufficient.

The Football League are also understood to support the City chairman’s stance, with McGill pointing out: “Promotion has made us reconsider our capacity requirements in terms of our future ambitions and aspirations.

“A capacity of 6,000 was required to be accepted into the Football League. But now, if we look at our crowds and the 30 per cent minimum uplift in attendances a new stadium generates according to research, we would be near 6,000 so I think we’ve got to be looking at 8,000.

“That’s appropriate and sensible and you would then look at having the scope to increase that to 12,000 should the Knights aspire to becoming a Super League club. Our capacity at Bootham Crescent is 8,000 so all we are really talking about is replicating the size of our current home.”

Posted on 22/10/2012